But, I thought you would know the answer. 🙂
I am thinking of becoming a nun (I am 16, so long wait!) when I am older of course.
I just wanted to know if I would have to give up doing some of the things I love to do i.e. riding horses, dancing, playing soccer, running, seeing movies, and traveling.
I am seriously wondering if God is calling me to be in the religious life (after I attend college and get my education!), but can I continue those activities?
Welcome to the conversation, Margaret Mary! I’m glad to hear that religious life is something you seem open to considering.
As for how the lifestyle affects the activities you enjoy doing, I can’t give you a definitive answer, but most of the healthy women religious I know do have activities, hobbies, etc. that they keep up with.
Because we try to live simply, there is a bit of a limit on how much money we have to invest in leisure time activities, but my experience is that if it is important for me to keep up with something, my congregation has been willing to make it possible. For example, when I was on sabbatical a couple of years ago, I wanted to spend a little time at our International Centre in France. So I included that in my budget, and it was approved. I know quite a few sisters who enjoy gardening, and so they keep this in mind when the submit their house budget.
In most orders, you would receive a monthly allowance to spend on personal things, including clothes, entertainment and the like. Travel is usually budgeted separately.
During novitiate, which might be likened to a kind of “nun boot camp”, there may be a few more limitations, as the focus is on a pretty intense discernment of whether or not one is truly be called to the life. But that’s only 1-2 years.
To give you an idea of my life, I do a lot of bike riding (including a 10-day solo ride from Pittsburgh to Washington DC a couple of years ago.) I like movies, and while in grad school, I played co-ed intramural softball and volleyball. I’ve traveled to France, Hawaii, San Diego, England, and many other places – mostly for work…